Irish call whiskey “uisce beatha,” which literally translates to “water of life.” The island’s strong whiskey tradition is but one delicious part of new Irish Foodie Tours by CIE Tours International, which debut in 2019. Available June through September, the seven-night guided vacations start at $1,998 and explore many facets of Ireland’s culinary culture, from goat farm visits to seaweed foraging trips and beyond.
Pairing edible delights with visits to important cultural landmarks, CIE Tours designed this latest program with the budding epicurean in mind. The company’s 86-year history in the region makes it particularly well-versed in the best of Irish food and drink. Guests will benefit from the extensive knowledge and personal storytelling of CIE Tours’ native guides, who embody Irish hospitality at its finest.
Some of the trip highlights include – Tea tour through Dublin aboard a vintage double-decker bus, followed by a visit to The Dublin Liberties Distillery for whiskey education and tastings, Cooking class and friendly “cook-off” competition at Dublin’s premier cooking school, Stop at the iconic covered English Market of Cork, Scenic drive along the rugged coast to Kerry for a chocolate making class with an award-winning pastry chef, Whiskey and chocolate pairing during a special dinner in Killarney and more.
Guests will stay in top hotels throughout Ireland during their voyage, including the Clayton Hotel Charlemont in Dublin, The Bayview at Ballycotton, the Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa in Tralee and the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick.
Irish Foodie tours kick-off June 15, July 13, Aug. 17 and Sept. 7 of 2019. The package price is per person based on double occupancy and includes all accommodations, on-tour transportation, activities, 17 meals, the insights of a native guide, local taxes and hotel service charges, and more.
CIE Tours, www.cietours.com